Meet the physician who writes for the TV show "House, M.D."
"A 40-year-old Harvard-trained general internist and clinical instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, Foster is not treating Hollywood actors. He is putting words in their mouths -- words that resonate with authority and realism.

Foster wangled a job as writer and medical consultant for the hit Fox network TV show 'House' by impressing the show's producers ...

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A doctor in Arkansas is performing free abortions for hurricane evacuees
"Storm refugees in Arkansas who need an abortion can have the procedure done for free at a Little Rock clinic where a doctor has said he has already performed six free of charge and will continue to do so for those displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

Despite protests from an anti-abortion group, Little Rock Family Planning clinic director ...

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Are transplants arranged via the Internet ethical?
"A doctor and a kidney donor found over the Internet underwent additional tests Tuesday in preparation for a transplant scheduled after a surgical team at another hospital refused to perform the operation because of ethical concerns.

If completed as planned Wednesday at Porter Adventist Hospital it would be the second such transplant in Denver and the 16th nationally set up through Canton, ...

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Dr. Death redux?
"'I immediately went to the hospital and I found a patient that was in the process of being operated on by the Russian doctor and he had conducted an operation on this patient not knowing what to do.'

Dr Jayasekera, an Australian-qualified surgeon and fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, said he completed the operation successfully and complained to a superior who asked him ...

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A previously healthy 23-year old man dies of Lassa fever in Africa
More on the disease can be found here.

"What good does it do to have Medicare if the doctors don't accept it?"
That precisely will be the problem if reimbursements are cut: "I think most docs are quite comfortable working for less as part of their social responsibility, for a portion of their practice . . . But when reimbursement rates fall below your actual cost of delivering the service, you just can't do it.''

Malpractice is the reason why many doctors stop treating nursing home patients
"The letter, which was sent to about 130 patients or their families, said that it was ending doctor's visits to nursing homes due to the rising cost of malpractice insurance and the practice of nursing homes limiting their own liability by continually contacting patients' medical-care providers.

'Hundreds of faxes, phone calls and inquiries concerning our patients flow ...

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A "mind-talk" device to allow paralyzed patients to communicate



"Japanese companies have developed a device that allows patients suffering from severe muscular paralysis to communicate "yes" or "no" by measuring blood flows in their brains.

The product, called 'Kokoro-gatari' (Mind-talk), was developed jointly by electronics giant Hitachi, Excel of Mechatronix Corp, and Japan ALS Association for patients in the severest stage of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis." (image ...

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Studies show that as time passes, patients find it hard to separate myth from truth in medical information
"'You notice that your grandmother has been taking useless medical treatments, and you're worried,' he said. 'You tell her, 'You know, Granny, shark cartilage doesn't help your arthritis.' You tell her three times to make sure she understands, and she seems to.'

He continued, 'But a few days later you talk ...

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A retired doctor suggests that disabled children should be "guillotined"
He claims his remarks were taken out of context.

When should a doctor fire a patient?

Half of internal medicine residents missed bioterror diagnoses
There is not nearly enough emphasis on this during training: "The doctors took a pretest, completed an online course and then took another test.

On the pretest, half the doctors misdiagnosed botulism; 84 percent misdiagnosed plague. A case of routine chickenpox was misdiagnosed by 42 percent of the doctors as smallpox."

A liver transplant program in LA has been halted after improperly arranging a liver transplant for a man not among the highest-priority patients
"The case involves a Saudi national who was 52nd on a transplant list that covers much of Southern California and is based on who is sickest and who has been waiting longest. St. Vincent officials said the liver should have gone to a higher priority patient.


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A NICU in the UK has banned cooing at the babies
"The unit has some of the most vulnerable and sickest babies, often very premature, who are nursed for a considerable length of time.

"It was in response to their [parents] concerns about privacy and infection control that these guidelines were issued."

Some men are seeking breast reduction surgery



"Gynaecomastia is not a new phenomenon, but it would appear anecdotally that the rates are rising.

It is different from the flabby breast tissue that goes hand in hand with obesity in men.

In gynaecomastia there is glandular breast tissue as well as fatty tissue.

Some experts believe it may be down to female hormones leaking ...

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Nearly 6,000 physicians are displaced by hurricane Katrina
"Nearly 6,000 doctors along the Gulf Coast were uprooted by Hurricane Katrina in the largest displacement of physicians in U.S. history, university researchers reported Monday.

How many of those doctors will set up shop permanently in other cities, or decide to retire instead of reopening their practices, remains as unclear as New Orleans' future.

'We don't know what this is ...

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How erectile dysfunction drugs may be helping in the transmission of HIV in homosexuals
"According to the results of a recent one-year study, 18 percent of Boston men seeking treatment for a new sexually transmitted disease said they used Viagra during the preceding month. Nearly 8 percent had used crystal meth, and 10 percent had used Ecstasy, a drug that makes users feel euphoric.

But Mayer said he is ...

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Dr. RW takes a nuanced approach to No Free Lunch and drug reps
"What about the practical consequences of the NFL objections? Are we ready to give up industry supported CME? I enjoy attending CME meetings. Although I can do without the pharmaceutical company exhibits, were it not for partial industry support the registration fees would be prohibitively expensive for many meetings. Not all physicians are wealthy. Those who ...

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Apparently, there is a fee for doctors for summoning an ambulance to their office in emergency situations
"When Dr. John Doherty received a bill last fall from the city of Torrance, related to a 911 ambulance ride one of his patients had taken to the hospital, he was shocked.

The internal medicine physician had summoned city fire paramedics to his Torrance office when a patient repeatedly fainted due to ...

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